Conant High School Alumnus Honored for Board of Education Military Recognition

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Jakub Bursynski

District 211 has a tradition to honor alumni for the service they have given to their country.

Army Specialist Jakub Bursynski, a 2015 graduate of Conant High School, was honored and thanked for his service by the Board of Education at its Nov. 15 meeting. Bursynski is the 10th alumnus to be recognized for his service, and started the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bursynski enlisted in the Army in 2014 and completed basic training in the summer of 2014, between his junior and senior high school years. Following high school graduation this past June, he was involved chemical biological nuclear training, which he completed last month.

He said he always wanted to join the Army and was eager to get started while in high school. By participating in the Army Split Training Program, he was afforded the opportunity to be able to complete basic training and earn a promotion to specialist ranking in a little over one year – a rank that generally takes two service years to earn.

In the future, he is planning on attending Iowa State University to study Industrial Engineering while participating in ROTC. He hopes to become an active duty commissioned officer after he graduates.

“I’ve always wanted to be an officer, but I decided my junior year that I should be enlisted first so that I can be a better leader with experience once I do commission,”Bursynski said.

Having an early plan is what helped Bursynski solidify his goals in the military and his studies. He advises future students interested in the military to make sure they consider all of the options available to them first.

“Students should do their research about all the different types of jobs the military has to offer,” he said. “When you go to the recruiting office, have an idea of what you might want to do, look at the options, and see what fits you best.”

The Board of Education will continue Military Recognitions for District 211 graduates who are serving in the military. To recommend a District 211 graduate currently serving in the military for a recognition, please email the D211 Post editor with the graduate’s information, including which District 211 school they attended. 




Schaumburg High School Alumnus Honored for Board of Education Military Recognition

Schaumburg High Schooll Alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon at the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 15, 2015.

Schaumburg High School Alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon at the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 15, 2015.

Recently, District 211 started a new tradition to honor alumni for the service they have given to their country.

Schaumburg High School Alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon was honored and thanked for his service in the National Guard by the Board of Education at its Jan. 15 meeting. Dixon is the third alumnus to be recognized for his service and started the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dixon completed boot camp in August 2013. From there, he completed Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Currently, he is part of the Illinois National Guard and is working toward becoming active duty in the Army in an officer position. Additionally, if he pursues further education he would like to become a physician’s assistant in the Army.

As a student at Schaumburg High School, Dixon said he wasn’t interested in joining the military even though he has family that serves. After encouragement and support from his family, he decided to join the National Guard to help him reach his collegiate goals. Now, he is eager to be active duty and encourages others to take advantage of all the opportunities the military offers.

“I would tell students considering to enter the military to do it,” Dixon said. “Do everything you can while you’re in. It helps you pay for college and you will have so many opportunities you might not have had without it.”

The Board of Education will continue Military Recognitions for District 211 graduates who are serving or have served before each meeting.




Fremd High School Alumnus Honored for Board of Education Military Recognition

Grant Dunham

Grant Dunham

District 211 recently started a new tradition to honor alumni for the service they have given to their country.

Marine Lance Corporal Grant Dunham, a 2013 graduate of Fremd High School, was honored and thanked for his service by the Board of Education at its Dec. 11 meeting. Dunham is the second alumnus to be recognized for his service, and started the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I knew I wanted to enter the military since I was in second grade,” Dunham said. “What initially sparked my interest was 9/11. I was in first grade when it happened and didn’t really understand it. When I realized what was going on, that is what sparked my interest. I just wanted to do my part.”

Dunham joined the Marine Corps following high school graduation and went to boot camp in San Diego in June 2013. He graduated “Series Honorman,” which means 2nd out of 524 recruits, from boot camp in August 2013. After boot camp, he entered the School of Infantry, Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton in September 2013 to November 2013 to hold a Military Occupation Specialty as a rifleman. He is actively serving in the Marine Corps, and is currently serving with the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines Echo Company, 3rd Platoon, 4th Marine Division based in Chicago.

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Lance Corporal Grant Dunham at the Dec. 11 Board Meeting.

While Dunham said his grandfather served in the Army and his uncle served in the Air Force, he was drawn to the Marines. He said students that are interested in entering the military after graduation should explore all of their options and know what each branch has to offer.

“The military, in my eyes, is one of the best options out there. You get so many benefits, experience, on the job training, and I believe that a military route initially would sky rocket your success in education, the workforce, and after college,” he said. “The culture, brotherhood, and the rich history of the Marines – you can’t match it to anything else. If you want to do it and want to be the best, the Marine Corps is the best branch out there.”

The Board of Education will continue Military Recognitions for District 211 graduates who are serving or have served before each meeting.